This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Lindsay Siwiec, President, Project Style.
What inspired you to start giving?
I can honestly say that I feel my happiest when I'm giving - whether it's giving my time to a cause that I'm passionate about, working with the young women involved in the Project Style programs, or helping a friend/colleague/stranger in need. My inspiration for Project Style stems from knowing what it's like to be a young girl in middle school and the daily pressures females face about "measuring up" to society's beauty-obsessed culture. The fashion industry has a prolonged stigma of making these pressures more significant - which is an issue that I've witnessed first hand from my years of working in the industry. It's Project Style's mission to flip the script and teach young women how to embrace their authentic selves and use fashion as a tool to showcase their uniqueness proudly.
What does giving mean to you?
Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community? Giving to me means using the skills and resources available to me to to better the life of someone else. I continue to give my time, talents, and funds because the reward of seeing the impact that I'm making is so much greater.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Think about what cause(s) you're most passionate about and find an organization with a mission that resonates with you. You don't have to be a major donor, or on the board of a non profit to make an impact - start small by volunteering some of your time.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
I have so many favorite moments that it's hard to pick one. The best thing about mentoring young girls is seeing them grow, come out of their shell, root for and support their peers, and become more confident young women.